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Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates February 2010

This monthly recap of February 2010 worldwide public holidays news and updates, covering all the countries of the world, is based on our daily review of hundreds of on-line newspapers, government sites, and institutional sources, and over a decade of experience following worldwide public holidays, to place current events in context, and anticipate on possible future changes.

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Date

Country

News Item Summary

28-Feb-2010

Uruguay

Uruguay Confirms March 1st Public Holiday (Source: Asociación de la Prensa Uruguaya-Montevideo) - Summary: The government of Uruguay has issued a communique reminding all that Monday, March 1, 2010, was a non-working public holiday (feriado no laborable) on account of this year's Presidential Inauguration. Links: other Uruguay news and updates.

27-Feb-2010

Jersey

Jersey Rejects Additional Liberation Day Public Holiday Again (Source: The Jersey Evening Post-Saint Helier) - Summary: The States of Jersey (Jersey's Parliament) have voted against a recent bill that would have declared Friday, May 7, 2010, as a day in lieu public holiday, to compensate the fact that the 60th Liberation Day anniversary falls on a Sunday. Links: full story and other Jersey news and updates.

26-Feb-2010

Micronesia

Micronesia Adds Second Yap Day Public Holiday (Source: Marianas Variety-Colonia) - Summary: The governor of Yap State in the Federated States of Micronesia, Sebastian L. Anefal, has declared an additional public sector holiday, on Tuesday, March 2, 2010, on account of this year's Yap Day celebrations. Links: full story and other Micronesia news and updates.

26-Feb-2010

The Gambia

Gambia Announces Prophet's Birthday Public Holiday (Source: The Daily Observer-Banjul) - Summary: The president of the Republic of The Gambia, Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh, has declared Saturday, February 27th, 2010, as a public holiday throughout The Gambia on account of this year's Prophet's Birthday. Links: full story and other The Gambia news and updates.

26-Feb-2010

India

India Changes Punjab Holi Public Holiday Date (Source: NRI News-Chandigarh) - Summary: The government of India's State of Punjab has announced that it had decided to change to Monday, March 1st, 2010, the date of the upcoming public holiday associated with the Holi Festival. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

25-Feb-2010

Kenya

Kenya Could Declare February 28 Public Holiday (Source: The Nation-Nairobi) - Summary: The Kenyan Government is considering declaring February 28 as an annual national public holiday to commemorate the signing of the February 28, 2008, National Peace Accord. Links: full story and other Kenya news and updates.

24-Feb-2010

Japan

Japan Considering Abolishing Happy Mondays Public Holidays (Source: Japan Today-Tokyo) - Summary: The government of Japan is planning to scrap the "Happy Mondays" system whereby 4 of Japan's public holidays always occur on a Monday, so that people can enjoy long holidays at a time instead of 3-day weekends. Links: full story and other Japan news and updates.

24-Feb-2010

Taiwan

Taiwan Could Restore Children's Day Public Holiday In 2011 (Source: Taiwan Central News Agency-Taipei) - Summary: Taiwan's Interior Minister, Jiang Yi-Huah, has announced that Children's Day, on April 4, would be reinstated as a national public holiday in 2011. Links: full story and other Taiwan news and updates.

24-Feb-2010

Oman

Oman Announces Additional Prophet's Birthday Public Holiday (Source: Oman Ministry of Information-Muscat) - Summary: Oman's Minister of the Diwan of the Royal Court and Chairman of the Civil Service Council, Sayyid Ali bin Hamoud al Busaidy, has announced a day in lieu public holiday on Saturday, February 27, 2010. Links: full story and other Oman news and updates.

24-Feb-2010

UAE

UAE Announces Prophet's Birthday Public Holiday (Source: Emirates News Agency-WAM) - Summary: The UAE's Minister of Education and Chairman of Board of Directors of the Federal Authority for Human Resources, Humaid Mohamed Al Qattami, has announced that Mawlid, the public holiday for the birthday celebration of Prophet Mohammad, will be observed on Friday, February 26, 2010. Links: full story and other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.

23-Feb-2010

Pakistan

Pakistan Declares February 26 Regional Public Holiday (Source: The News-Karachi) - Summary: The Chief Minister of Pakistan's Province of Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, has declared a regional public holiday on 11 Rabi-ul-Awal (Friday, February 26, 2010). Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

23-Feb-2010

Iraq

Iraq Declares 3-Day Electoral Public Holidays (Source: PUK Media-Baghdad) - Summary: Iraq's President of the Supreme Committee for the Security of Elections, Major General Abdul Qader Aidan, has announced that a 3-day electoral public holiday had been declared from Saturday, March 6, until Monday, March 8, 2010, inclusively. Links: full story and other Iraq news and updates.

23-Feb-2010

Nigeria

Nigeria Announces Prophet's Birthday Public Holiday (Source: Punch-Abuja) - Summary: Nigeria's Minister of State for Interior, Chief Ademola Seriki, has announced that the date of the upcoming Id-el Maulud (Prophet's Birthday) public holiday would be Friday, February 26, 2010. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

22-Feb-2010

Maldives

Maldives Declare March 1st Public Holiday (Source: Maldives President's Office Press Release-Male) - Summary: The Office of the President of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, has released a press communique indicating that Monday, March 1, 2010, had been declared a one-off public holiday. Links: full story and other Maldives news and updates.

22-Feb-2010

Kuwait

Kuwait New Labour Law Officially Gazetted (Source: Kuwait Al Youm-Kuwait Gazette) - Summary: The long-awaited new Labour Law was gazetted yesterday in the official Kuwait Gazette, finally giving the private sector of Kuwait (almost) as many public holidays as the public sector. Links: full story and other Kuwait news and updates.

21-Feb-2010

Australia

Australian ANZAC Public Holiday Day In Lieu Update (Source: Tasmanian Government Media Release-Hobart) - Summary: The Minister for Workplace Relations for the Australian state of Tasmania, Lisa Singh, has issued a communique reiterating the Government's commitment to legislating for a substitute public holiday for ANZAC Day when it falls on a Sunday or on Easter Monday. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

21-Feb-2010

Croatia

Croatia Sued To Drop August 5 Public Holiday (Source: Balkan Insight-The Hague) - Summary: Serbia has issued a counter-suit against Croatia in front of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), demanding, among other things, that Croatia remove the August 5, "Day of Victory and Homeland Gratitude and the Day of Croatian Defenders", from its list of public holidays. Links: full story and other Croatia news and updates.

21-Feb-2010

Bahrain

Bahrain Revises Prophet's Birthday Public Holiday Date - Summary: Bahrain's Prime Minister, Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, has issued an official circular specifying the date, and compensatory day-off, of the upcoming Prophet Mohammed's Birthday public holiday in Bahrain. Links: full story and other Bahrain news and updates.

20-Feb-2010

Australia

Australia Gazettes 2010 Northern Territory Public Holidays (Source: Northern Territory Government Gazette-Darwin) - Summary: The government of Australia's Northern Territory has gazetted its official list of 2010 public holidays, including the local Show Day public holidays. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

20-Feb-2010

Uruguay

Uruguay Legislation To Declare May 25 Public Holiday (Source: El Espectador-Montevideo) - Summary: The Uruguayan senator, Ope Pasquet, has tabled a bill that would declare May 25, 2010, a one-off public holiday in Uruguay. Links: full story and other Uruguay news and updates.

19-Feb-2010

Pakistan

Pakistan Revises Date Of Prophet's Birthday Public Holiday (Source: INN-Islamabad) - Summary: The Federal Government of Pakistan has announced that the date of the upcoming Eid Milad-un-Nabi (Prophet's Birthday) public holiday had been revised to Saturday, February 27, 2010. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

19-Feb-2010

Lebanon

Lebanon Declares March 25 Annunciation Public Holiday (Source: L'Orient Le Jour-Beirut) - Summary: Following yesterday's cabinet session, Lebanon's Information Minister, Tarek Mitri, announced that the Lebanese cabinet had agreed to make the Feast of the Annunciation a new annual national public holiday (la fête sera chômée). Links: full story and other Lebanon news and updates.

19-Feb-2010

Bolivia

Bolivia Finalizes Revisions To Labour Code (Source: La Razón-La Paz) - Summary: The government of Bolivia has released a draft of the upcoming revised labour code, and in particular of its Article 157, dealing with official non-working public holidays in Bolivia. Links: full story and other Bolivia news and updates.

19-Feb-2010

Russia

Russia Considering New Religious Public Holiday (Source: ITAR-TASS-Moscow) - Summary: The Russian government has announced that it was planning to declare the anniversary of the Christianization of Russia, July 28, as an official non-working public holiday, starting next year. Links: full story and other Russia news and updates.

18-Feb-2010

Guyana

Guyana 2010 Youmun Nabi Public Holiday Announced (Source: Guyana Chronicle-Georgetown) - Summary: The government of Guyana has announced that the upcoming Youmun Nabi, birth anniversary of the Prophet, public holiday, would be observed as a non-working public holiday on Saturday, February 27, 2010. Links: full story and other Guyana news and updates.

18-Feb-2010

Ecuador

Ecuador Announces Carnival Recuperation Dates (Source: El Universo-Guayaquil) - Summary: Ecuador's Minister of Labour Relations has announced that Saturday, February 20, and Saturday, February 27, 2010, would be regular working days as compensation for the 2 days of Carnival public holidays, earlier this week. Links: full story and other Ecuador news and updates.

17-Feb-2010

Anguilla

Anguilla Set To Generalize March 2 As Public Holiday (Source: Caribbean Daily News-The Valley) - Summary: Anguilla's recently elected Chief Minister, Hubert Hughes, has announced that the birthday of James Ronald Webster, on March 2nd, would henceforth be a full-fledged public holiday in Anguilla. Links: full story and other Anguilla news and updates.

17-Feb-2010

Peru

Peru 2010 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Diario Oficial El Peruano-Lima) - Summary: The government of Peru has declared 4 additional public sector holidays for 2010, on June 28, July 30, December 24 and December 31. Links: full story and other Peru news and updates.

16-Feb-2010

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan Extends Novruz Public Holidays By 2 Days (Source: Trend News-Baku) - Summary: The head of the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers press-service, Akif Ali, has announced that the annual, March 20-24, Novruz public holidays would be extended by 2 days this year, Thursday and Friday, March 25 and 26, 2010. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

16-Feb-2010

Anguilla

Anguilla Declares Tomorrow A Public Holiday (Source: Anguilla News-The Valley) - Summary: At the request of the Chief Minister Designate, Hubert Hughes, following his election yesterday, the Governor of Anguilla, Alistair Harrison, has declared tomorrow, Wednesday, February 17, 2010, a one-off national public holiday. Links: full story and other Anguilla news and updates.

16-Feb-2010

Niger

Niger Announces February 26 Public Holiday (Source: Le Sahel-Niamey) - Summary: Niger's Ministère de la Fonction Publique et du Travail has announced that the upcoming Maoulid (Prophet's Birthday) public holiday would be observed on Friday, February 26, 2010. Links: full story and other Niger news and updates.

15-Feb-2010

Kuwait

Kuwait Declares 5-Day Public Holidays From February 25 (Source: The Kuwait Times-Kuwait City) - Summary: Kuwait's Civil Service Commission Chairman, Abdulaziz Al-Zibn, has confirmed that the upcoming National Day and Liberation Day public holidays would last for 5 consecutive days, from Thursday, February 25, until Monday, March 1st, 2010, inclusively. Links: full story and other Kuwait news and updates.

15-Feb-2010

Jersey

Jersey Legislature To Consider May 7 Public Holiday (Source: States of Jersey Greffe-Saint Helier) - Summary: Jersey Deputy, M. Tadier, of St. Brelade, has introduced new legislation that would declare Friday, May 7, 2010, a one-off day in lieu public holiday, to compensate the fact that this year's Liberation Day public holiday falls on a Sunday. Links: full story and other Jersey news and updates.

15-Feb-2010

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Declares February 22 Public Holiday (Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency-KABAR) - Summary: The government of Kyrgyzstan has declared Monday, February 22, 2010, as a one-off non-working bridge public holiday, to link the weekend with the annual, February 23, Homeland Defenders' Day public holiday. Links: full story and other Kyrgyzstan news and updates.

15-Feb-2010

Réunion

The Réunion's Socialist Leader Promises 3 Ethnic Public Holidays (Source: Zinfos 974-Saint-Denis) - Summary: The Socialist Party's, premier secrétaire fédéral, for the Réunion, Gilbert Annette, has promised 3 new public holidays, for Muslims, Chinese and Tamils. Links: other Réunion news and updates.

15-Feb-2010

Hong Kong

Hong Kong To Review Weekend Public Holidays (Source: RTHK Radio Television Hong Kong-Hong Kong) - Summary: Hong Kong's Chief Executive, Donald Tsang, has announced that he would discuss the need for a review of days-in-lieu for public holidays, with Labour and Welfare Secretary, Matthew Cheung. Links: full story and other Hong Kong news and updates.

15-Feb-2010

Russia

Russia Considering New February 15 Public Holiday (Source: ITAR-TASS-Moscow) - Summary: The Russia Duma (legislature) has recently passed in its second reading a bill establishing February 15 as a new red-letter date (non-working public holiday) in the Russian calendar. Links: full story and other Russia news and updates.

14-Feb-2010

Haiti

Haiti Confirms 2010 Carnival Public Holiday (Source: Le Nouvelliste Haïti-Port-au-Prince) - Summary: The government of Haiti has announced that, although the Carnival celebrations had been canceled for this year, the Mardi Gras, February 16, 2010, public holiday would remain a non-working day (jour férié chômé). Links: full story and other Haiti news and updates.

13-Feb-2010

Honduras

Honduras Bill Would Create June 28 Public Holiday (Source: La Tribuna-Tegucigalpa) - Summary: The Secretary of the National Congress of Honduras, Eliseo Noel Mejía Castillo, has presented a decree to the Legislative Assembly which would make June 28 a new annual public holiday. Links: full story and other Honduras news and updates.

13-Feb-2010

Kuwait

Kuwait Could Extend Month-End Public Holidays (Source: Al Rai-Kuwait City) - Summary: Kuwait's Cabinet is reported to be considering declaring Monday, March 1, 2010, a public holiday, thereby extending the upcoming month-end public holidays to 5 consecutive days. Links: full story and other Kuwait news and updates.

13-Feb-2010

Nepal

Nepal Extends Sonam Lhosar Public Holiday (Source: The Himalayan Times-Kathmandu) - Summary: The government of Nepal has declared tomorrow, Sunday, February 14, 2010, as a nationwide public holiday on the occasion of the Lhosar festival of the Sherpas, Gurungs and Tibetan communities. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

12-Feb-2010

Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Declares February 18 Public Holiday (Source: State House Press Secretariat-Freetown) - Summary: The President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, has declared that the upcoming, February 18, Armed Forces Day, would be a one-off non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Sierra Leone news and updates.

12-Feb-2010

Barbados

Barbados 2011 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Barbados Government Information Services-BGIS) - Summary: The government of Barbados has released it list of official public holidays for the calendar year 2011. Links: full story and other Barbados news and updates.

11-Feb-2010

Bulgaria

Bulgaria Approves New Easter Public Holiday (Source: Novinite Sofia News Agency-Sofia) - Summary: Bulgaria's Parliament has approved a bill that will make Orthodox Good Friday an official, non-working, public holiday in Bulgaria. Links: full story and other Bulgaria news and updates.

11-Feb-2010

Nepal

Nepal Rules-Out February 15 and 18 Public Holidays (Source: Nepal News-Kathmandu) - Summary: Nepal's Home Ministry has issued a communique stating that February 15 and 18, 2010, would not be public holidays on the occasion of Nepalese President Ram Baran Yadav's impending state visit to India, as custom would normally have had it. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

10-Feb-2010

Haiti

Haiti Declares February 12 Public Holiday (Source: The Associated Press-Port-au-Prince) - Summary: The Haitian government has declared Friday, February 12, 2010, as a one-off public holiday to give the nation a chance to mourn and "pay homage to the innumerable victims of the earthquake, many buried in anonymity". Links: full story and other Haiti news and updates.

9-Feb-2010

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Reconsidering Moveable Public Holidays (Source: El Nuevo Diario-Santo Domingo) - Summary: Dominican Republic legislator, Radhamés Castro (Partido Popular Cristiano), has introduced a bill that would put an end to the practice of moving mid-week public holidays to the nearest Monday. Links: full story and other Dominican Republic news and updates.

8-Feb-2010

Argentina

Argentina Restores Carnival Holidays (Source: Diario La Prensa-Buenos Aires) - Summary: Argentina's Minister of Tourism, Enrique Meyer, has confirmed that the 2 days of Carnival, abolished as public holidays in 1976 by the military junta, would be restored at the national level effective this year. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

7-Feb-2010

Zambia

Zambia Urged To Declare Election Day Public Holiday (Source: The Post-Lusaka) - Summary: The executive director of the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ), Reverend Pukuta Mwanza, has recommended to the parliamentary committee on legal affairs, governance, human rights and gender matters, that Election Day should be declared a public holiday in election years to maximize voter turnout. Links: full story and other Zambia news and updates.

6-Feb-2010

Burundi

Burundi Declares February 8 Public Holiday (Source: Le Portail des Institutions-Bujumbura) - Summary: The President of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, has declared Monday, February 8, 2010, a one-off public holiday to enable civil servants and the private sector to register for the upcoming elections. Links: full story and other Burundi news and updates.

5-Feb-2010

Peru

Peru Declares February 8 Regional Public Holiday (Source: Los Andes-Puno) - Summary: The Honorary Prefect of Puno, Victor Urviola Garrido, has declared Monday, February 8, 2010, a one-off regional public sector holiday on account of that day's celebration of the Virgen de la Candelaria. Links: other Peru news and updates.

5-Feb-2010

USA

USA: California Public Sector Holidays Reduction Approved (Source: The San Francisco Chronicle-San Francisco) - Summary: The governor of the American State of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has gotten the green light, from the San Francisco Superior Court, to cut 2 annual public sector holidays. Links: full story and other USA (United States) news and updates.

5-Feb-2010

Australia

Australia's Queensland Clarifies Christmas 2010 Public Holidays (Source: The Brisbane Times-Brisbane) - Summary: The Attorney General of Australia's State of Queensland, Cameron Dick, has announced that, following his intervention, Queensland will have two days off work in lieu of the Christmas and Boxing Day public holidays, which fall on a weekend in 2010. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

4-Feb-2010

Bolivia

Bolivia Confirms Carnival Public Holidays (Source: FM Bolivia-La Paz) - Summary: Bolivia's Minister of Labour, Roberto Montellano, has ratified a decree declaring Monday and Tuesday, February 15 and 16, 2010, as public holidays on account of this year's Carnival. Links: full story and other Bolivia news and updates.

3-Feb-2010

Grenada

Grenada Declares Carriacou Carnival Public Holiday (Source: Grenada Broadcast-Hillsborough) - Summary: Grenada's Prime Minister, Tillman Thomas, after consultation with his Cabinet, and in accordance with the Bank Holiday Act Cap. 25, has declared a new regional public holiday for the Carriacou Carnival. Links: full story and other Grenada news and updates.

3-Feb-2010

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan Legislature To Consider April 28 Public Holiday (Source: Trend News-Baku) - Summary: Azerbaijani MP, Elmira Akhundova, has announced that she plans to introduce legislation to add a "Mothers' Day" public holiday to the official list of non-working public holidays in Azerbaijan. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

3-Feb-2010

Jersey

Jersey Legislature Rejects May 10 Public Holiday (Source: States of Jersey Greffe-Saint Helier) - Summary: The States of Jersey (Jersey's Parliament) has voted against a recent bill that would have declared Monday, May 10, 2010, as a day in lieu public holiday, to compensate the fact that the 60th Liberation Day anniversary falls on a Sunday. Links: full story and other Jersey news and updates.

2-Feb-2010

Kuwait

Kuwait Declares Month-End 4-Day Public Holidays (Source: The Arab Times-Kuwait City) - Summary: Kuwait's Undersecretary of the Civil Service Commission (CSC), Mohammed Al-Roumi, has announced four days of public holidays, from Thursday February 25 until Sunday, February 28, 2010. Links: full story and other Kuwait news and updates.

2-Feb-2010

Iraq

Iraq Declares February 3-4 Regional Public Sector Holidays (Source: Aswat al-Iraq-Karbala) - Summary: The governor of Iraq's Province of Karbala has announced a one-off regional public sector holiday on Wednesday and Thursday, February 3-4, 2010, in all government departments. Links: full story and other Iraq news and updates.

2-Feb-2010

Honduras

Honduras Declares Half-Day Public Sector Holiday (Source: El Heraldo-Tegucigalpa) - Summary: Honduras' Minister of the Interior and of Justice, Africa Madrid, has announced an executive decree making the afternoon of Wednesday, February 3, 2010, a one-off public sector holiday, on the occasion of the "Day of the Virgin of Suyapa", the patron saint of Honduras. Links: full story and other Honduras news and updates.

1-Feb-2010

Venezuela

Venezuela Rules-Out February 2 Public Holiday (Source: El Universal-Caracas) - Summary: Venezuela's Education Minister (Ministro del Poder Popular para la Educación), Héctor Navarro, has issued an official statement to the effect that, contrary to what happened last year, February 2, 2010, would not be a public holiday. Links: full story and other Venezuela news and updates.

1-Feb-2010

Finland

Finland 2013 Bank Holidays Announced (Source: Suomen Pankki- Finlands Bank-Helsinki) - Summary: Finland's Central Bank (Suomen Pankki) has released the list of official bank holidays (Pankkivapaapäivät) in Finland for the calendar year 2013. Links: full story and other Finland news and updates.

1-Feb-2010

Vietnam

Vietnam Extends Tet Public Holidays By One Day (Source: Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Hanoi) - Summary: The government of Vietnam has passed a resolution declaring an additional non-working public holiday on Friday, February 19, 2010, thus extending this year's Tet Lunar New Year public holidays from one weekend to the next. Links: full story and other Vietnam news and updates.

1-Feb-2010

Turks and Caicos Islands

Turks and Caicos 2010 Public Holidays Revised (Source: Turks and Caicos Office Of Public Service Management-Providenciales) - Summary: The Government Information Services (GIS) of the Turks and Caicos Islands has released a revised version of its official list of public holidays for the calendar year 2010. Links: full story and other Turks and Caicos Islands news and updates.


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